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Dennis Christopher on “Django Unchained”: “Tarantino does ‘Gone with the Wind’ all the way”

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Quentin Tarantino has made us a very wonderful Christmas present this year in the form of “Django Unchained.” The “Pulp Fiction” director is tackling the world of Civil War-era bounty hunters and corrupt plantation owners in his new project, and it sounds like it will be his most off-the-wall film yet.

IFC had the chance to catch up with Dennis Christopher at the “Broken Kingdom” premiere red carpet and talk to him about the upcoming film. We don’t know much about his character Leonide Moguy, so we asked him how he fit into the rest of “Django Unchained’s” world.

“I sort of play the consulary to this very powerful Southern family; the lawyer who tends to all the family business for Leonardo DiCaprio and his sister that live on this fantastic plantation,” Christopher said. “We’re about the last third of the movie, and, once they get to the plantation, Tarantino does ‘Gone with the Wind’ all the way.”

So on a scale from one to biting off an ear, just where will this film rank on the Tarantino scale of insanity?

“I’d give it two ears, Christopher said with a laugh. “I’d start right there.”

Tarantino is tackling some sensitive subjects in “Django Unchained,” chief among them being racism and slavery. We’ve heard in the past from cast members that Tarantino avoids being too controversial with a capable hand, but we wanted to hear that verification from Christopher as well.

“His weapons are truth and humor and — this sounds so sappy — he has the most open heart there is, so there’s kind of no room for racism,” Christopher explained. “[Tarantino is] so focused, so full of joy, so ready to pass on the energy and the love of making movies to everyone on the set. It was an amazing, amazing experience, and I can only imagine how brilliant the movie is.”

“Django Unchained” focuses on the partnership of Jamie Foxx’s Django and Christoph Waltz’s Schultz. Schultz purchases Django with plans to free him upon catching his quarry, but Django’s primary goal is rescuing his wife Broomhilda. Their hunt leads them to “Candyland,” a plantation where slaves are forced to fight one another for sport by their owner, Calvin Candie (DiCaprio), and his slave trainer Ace Woody (Kurt Russell). It’s there that they arouse the suspicions of Candy’s most trusted slave Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson) and find themselves marks as they try to get Broomhilda out safely.”

Tarantino’s latest also stars Don Johnson, Walton Goggins, Tom Savini, Jonah Hill and many more. It’s due in theaters on Christmas Day.

Are you looking forward to “Django Unchained”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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